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Invercargill - IAL New Airport Terminal

The recently completed Invercargill Airport New Terminal Building has now been officially opened by Prime Minister John Key (14 April). The original terminal was constructed in 1964 and was well past its use by date.

The construction of this new landmark facility, and to maintain full airport services throughout, was carried out in 2 stages over 18 months and is now being touted as the “benchmark” for other regional airports looking at redevelopment.

Due to the water table and inferior ground conditions at the airport site an extensive ground works construction was carried out using a stone column/RAP design which then had a 1.2m thick platform layer over the top to give the new build a very solid base to construct from.

With a gross floor area just under 3500m2, 1700m2 of polished/coloured floor slab, clear span construction using steelwork & glulam beam, sound reduction ceiling construction, fully automated heating & ventilation system and the ability to easily “add on a bay” this building will certainly cater for the current and future demands that maybe placed on it.

Locals have for a long time bemoaned that the luggage collection was not under the same roof but now have two (arrivals & departures) areas to deposit and collect baggage whilst remaining inside the building.

Other facilities that were also introduced or upgraded were a new Café/shop, upmarket Koru Lounge, Rental Car booths, Stewart Island flight offices as well as IAL’s new offices & training facilities.
Constructed in somewhat trying weather conditions this is definitely a building to be proud of!

Client: Invercargill Airport Ltd
Contract Period: 18 months
Architect: Warren and Mahoney
Structural Engineer: Lewis Bradford
Services Engineer: Cosgroves